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StartKey From MicroSoft – So That’s What They Did With U3

GetUSB reported a while back about the partnership between Microsoft and U3 and it turns out they’ve created the StartKey, a similar approach as the U3 drives.

The biggest difference is Microsoft using StartKey as the key component to logging in and booting up.  In addition, you can store personal computer settings and privileges, applications and data files on the StartKey itself.

startkey microsoft

Microsoft is looking past the ultra popular USB stick, and will incorporate the StartKey technology to nearly all types of flash media.

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U3 Software: 8 Ball & 9 Ball

u3 software game, 8 ballHaving a couple good games in your U3 drive is always a plus when looking to kill some time. The U3 MyPool 8 Ball fits the bill. With on-line features it’s easy to play against family and friends for a real-life [not really] experience.

The U3 8 Ball software includes the ever popular 9 Ball as well. So do yourself a favor [if you are still a fan of the U3] and download MyPool – if that isn’t your style than try the addictive Drops or the fast paced and addictive ZACK.

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U3 Software: NT File Recovery

ntfs file recovery softwareThere have been plenty of moments in my computer life I’d like to turn back time. Especially those Vista Upgrades or even the minor events like accidentally deleting files. For the last [mentioned] brain fart, there is some U3 Software which can help; NT File Recovery. The file recovery software is designed to recover any deleted file from a NTFS system.

Many USB file recovery software packages only support files and folders, but this package includes support for getting back applications and media files such as wmv and mpeg files.

Another point worth consideration, is the convenience of running the software from your U3 drive as to eliminate the risk of overwriting your data from the PC you’re try to salvage data from. This U3 application is absolutely free, and ready for the taking.

U3 Software NT File Recover download page.

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Registry Analyzer for U3 Flash Drives

Albeit U3 claims no trace of U3 software remains on the host PC it doesn’t hurt to run a registry analyzer package just to make sure. While in the midst of doing this USB gadget research, I found the following free utility.

Ntechnologies has a U3 specific reg analyzer to aid in the registry clean-up process.

u3 registry analyzer software

Whenever hardware or software is added to a PC there are registry changes. The registry also provides a window into the operation of the OS kernel, exposing runtime information such as performance counters, currently active hardware, software and utilities.

Even using the U3 uninstall software might not leave your PC 100% clean. You can download the Registry Analyzer for U3 here.

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U3 Software: UltraEdit Text Editor for Any Web Enthusiast

Sure Notepad is basic and free for a text editor, but if you’re a webmaster worth your salt, Notepad wont do. UltraEdit has been around for years and is now available to launch from your U3 flash drive.

u3 software text editor

Running UltraEdit U3 Software from a UFD is ideal because this powerful program installs once, doesn’t mess with registry files and is 100% portable.

UltraEdit is a text editor and offers much more…

…configure it for your favorite preferences like syntax highlighting, code folding, basic or advanced menus/toolbars, add your macros, scripts, user-defined tools, and/or FTP/SFTP account information—all in a “digital briefcase” no larger than the size of a stick of gum.

The trial version is 45 days and full price of the software is $49. A small investment for the web guru.

Grab the free trial at U3 headquarters or click the publisher IDM Computer Solutions. Not sure what U3 is? Read this.

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IOCELL With U3 Like Launch Pad

IOCELL introduced their version of the U3 launch pad – I like the name better – very direct with “USB Computer.” U3 might have gotten more traction with that name.

iocell castella

IOCELL created a launch pad to provide the user with an easy-to-use interface for launching portable applications. Really, the same thing as U3, the difference being IOCELL gives you the ability to make any application portable for storing and running off your UFD.

COB technology

It appears IOCELL (like U3) uses a micro-controller (chip logic) to confirm the drive is a “USB Computer” version and thus launches the IOCELL interface without seeing the default Windows screen “What do you want Windows to do?” question. IOCELL is calling this COB Technology (Chip-On-Board).

To get the IOCELL with COB Technology look for the Castella brand name. Available from 1GB to 4GB sizes.

Looking to install U3 on a regular flash drive? It won’t happen and this is why

Source: IOCELL

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